Dutton Kit Cars and their owners
For quite a while now I've been battling with my rear suspension and replacing the rear shocks (as well as holidays etc). I originally just wanted to replace what was required to test drive it to decide if I liked the car. If I did then the plan was to upgrade it to a 5 link system as many have suggested. (Keep this in mind for a sec).
However, cutting straight to the point; my Grandad has been diagnosed with terminal cancer in multiple places including the liver. The doctors don't know how long he's had it and therefore don't know how long he's got left. My family is already reeling from losing both my Mums parents a few months ago so its all systems go to make the most of his time left, but also I would like him to see my Dutton roadworthy as I literally wouldn't have been able to consider it if not for him.
However in an entirely practical sense, because my Dutton is being stored at my Grandads place, when he passes I lose my "workshop" and all the space available. There are options of where it can go afterwards however none of them have much real usable space. This realistically means that I potentially (but hopefully not) only have a few months to get all the big stuff done, like for example; a complete rear suspension overhaul.
My ultimate goal was the strip everything off the chassis and get it shot blasted, patched if needed, and then powder coated. Obviously before this happens everything that needs welding onto the chassis needs to be done first. This includes the suspension but also some other upgrades I'd like to make including a hand brake bracket and seat belt mounts but I'll talk about those ideas later.
Now I know Paul Sheridan has 5-linked his and I have read through his build so I shall be contacting him shortly to see how much info he is willing and able to share with me.
My real question to you guys; Is there anything I should be considering doing to the chassis and/or any other upgrades that should be considered at this stage?
The clock really is against me and I know I've loaded myself up with work but I'm pulling out all the stops and devoting an awful lot of time, effort and money on this. I want Grandad to be holding the camera as she rolls off the driveway to her first MOT.
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